CoFo Basics for

Professional Advisors

Since 1984, area residents have turned to the Community Foundation of Grant County to make their philanthropic giving as impactful as possible. We are a public charity serving thousands of people who share a common concern—improving the quality of life in Grant County. To do this, individuals, families, businesses, and organizations create endowed charitable funds that help our area meet the challenges of changing times. The Foundation invests and administers these funds. We then use the distributions to award grants each year to the humanitarian, educational, and cultural organizations in this remarkable community we call home. Think of us as your philanthropic consultants. A trusted resource for professional advisors.

Clients expect professional advisors to suggest charitable opportunities…or they might assume it’s not an option. We’re here to help you be the hero for your clients and help them to meet their charitable goals.

com·mu·ni·ty foun·da·tion

Pronunciation: /kuh-myoo-ni-tee/ /foun-dey-shuhn/
Function: noun

1 a non-profit means for giving : PHILANTHROPY
2 a pool of charitable funds invested for a community’s future; Legacy
3 a source of grants for key community projects
4 a fiscal manager for charitable trusts and bequests
5 a convener for pressing local issues
6 a facilitator of not-for-profit initiatives

What is a Community Foundation?

In general, the concept of a Community Foundation is as ingenious as it is simple-it is a means to build, over time, substantial endowment funds for a community through contributions large and small.

– Because these contributions are endowed, they are never spent.
– Instead, they are permanently invested to produce income.
– A portion of the income earned is then used to help meet the community’s charitable needs-from social work to art to culture.
– So, gifts to a community foundation continue to benefit your community forever.

This is philanthropy in its broadest sense!

Specifically, the Community Foundation of Grant County has been connecting people who care with causes that matter since 1984. We serve as a means through which those of us who live, or earn a livelihood, in Grant County can pool our resources for the benefit of improving the local quality of life.

Leaving a Lasting Legacy

Anyone may use the local Community Foundation to give something back to the community.

The Foundation is a model of giving that includes a wide spectrum of donors. Contributions from these donors and other community minded individuals have increased our assets to more than 30 million dollars.

When caring individuals come together under a flexible, creative, and capable organizational structure, known legally as a community foundation, our community’s potential is unlimited.

An easy way for a donor to make a difference and leave a lasting legacy is by creating a permanent Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Grant County.

But how? 

It’s easy, convenient, and simple.

In fact, establishing a fund can be done in less time than it takes to open a bank account.

We take care of all the administrative and grantmaking activities, eliminating the need for you to set up a separate foundation, formulate policies, file innumerable forms and monitor the status of grant recipients. We save you precious time and money.

The best way to show you how this really works is to demonstrate with our Giving, Growing, Grantmaking Model:

Donors make gifts to the Foundation.

Gifts are invested; the value grows.

Endowment income benefits
charitable causes and the community.

Contact Us

Dawn Brown

President & CEO

Sherri Rush

Chief Financial Officer

Shelly Jones

Development Director